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979 Battle of Aquae Saravenae ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: Victory of the imperial forces under Phocas against the rebel General Scleros 24 March 979
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
(Civil War)
Military Revolts
Battle Type:
Pitched Battle
The Battlefield Aquae Saravenae Location:
Outside Modern Yalvaç, of Isparta Province in Turkey
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Basil II Bulgaroktonos) The Enemies
Commander: General Bardas Phocas General Bardas Skleros
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Background story: In support of Emperor Basil II against the usurper Bardas Scleros, the Byzantine general Bardas Phocas was defeated at Pancalia. He could not however prevent Phocas from regrouping and continuing his march eastwards. Scleros was forced to spend the winter in Anatolia, away from his objective -Constantinople- and his position weakened. The imperial forces on the other hand, had been reinforced by an Iberian (Georgian) unit of 12000 horsemen dispatched by David of Tao, under the command of the general-monk Tornikios.
The Battle:
Aquae Saravenae
Clash between the armies of Skleros and Phokas
On 24 March 979, this joint Ibero-Byzantine army in a surprise attack inflicted a crushing defeat on the rebels, at Aquae Saravenae.. Skleros sustained a grave wound in the head in a personal combat with Phocas and the rumor of his death was the cause that put his army to flight. Skleros himself was finally able to escape.
Noteworthy: Tornikios became the founder of the Iviron Monastery on Mt Athos in mount Athos.
Aftermath: After this battle the rebellion was subdued without difficulty. Scleros and his family found refuge in the court of the caliph of Baghdad in 980. Bardas Phocas himself later revolted and asked Scleros for help.